Odeon Watford

125-127 The Parade, High Street,
Watford, WD17 1NA

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Odeon Watford

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The Plaza Cinema was located on the High Street at the corner of Albert Road. It was opened on 29th April 1929. The attractive building was faced in white tiles and the corner entrance feature was topped by a large dome. Inside the auditorium seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The stage was 18 feet deep. The Plaza Cinema was equipped with a Compton 2Manual/8Ranks organ. There was also a cafe/restaurant and a car park for 250 cars.

The Plaza Cinema was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. on 28th September 1936 and it was re-named Odeon on 12th October 1936.

The Compton organ was removed from the building in 1960, and was installed in the Victoria Hall Evangelical Church, Wandsworth in south London. The Odeon had become part of the Rank Organisation and was closed on 30th November 1963 with “In the French Style” and “Girl in the Headlines”. The Odeon name was transfered to the nearby (more modern) Gaumont on Watford’s High Street.

The Odeon was demolished and a new building on the site contained a supermarket and Top Rank Suite, which later became a disco/nightclub.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike_Blakemore on August 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

Hope I have matched the right picture..

Ian on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

That is the one Mike. This was probably the best of Watfords cinemas, judging from photographs, as I never actually went in here.

I do remember going around Caters Supermarket which replaced it though!

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